University claim second convincing win of 2017 over Souths

By Andrew Stevens

University of Queensland have secured their second convincing win of 2017, claiming a 57-17 win over Souths in Round 2 of Queensland Premier Rugby.

The Red Heavies have now scored a total of 114 points over the opening two rounds of Premier Rugby, crossing for 18 tries.

Giving away size in the forwards, UQ looked to move the ball quickly and outplay Souths with superior skills. The afternoon showcased some impressive running Rugby from both teams, although Souths were unable to match the pace set by the students in the second half.

The first half was a tight battle, seeing the Magpies impose their physicality and size on a smaller Uni pack. Playing off the back of a dominant scrum, tries to Stuart Williamson, Mika Tela and Keegan Sefton gave Souths the lead at half-time.

The teams came out from the half with Uni trailing 12–17. A red card in the 49th minute to flanker Dylan Rowe left the Magpies a man down to finish the game.

The red cad proved to be the catalyst to open floodgates for UQ to score an unanswered 35 points. Gale opened the scoring for Uni in the second half with an impressive finish down the left-hand touch line from the back of a maul.

Souths still looked threatening in attack, offloading excellently and making the advantage line with strong carries. Crucial errors left the Magpies unable to convert field position into points. A yellow card to UQ winger Jock Campbell deep in their own territory gave Souths an excellent opportunity to score, but once again they turned over possession and UQ were able to capitalise.

Uni began to ramp up the intensity and look to expose the 14-man defensive line. The Heavies crossed the line three times in the space of ten as the Magpies had no answer to halt the rampaging students. A final try to Gale in the 76th minute capped an impressive come-back and a squandered lead from the Magpies. The final score was 57–17.

Next weekend we will see Souths host GPS at Chipsy Wood Oval in Round 3, while Uni will enjoy their win and a week off before facing GPS themselves in Round 4.

University of Queensland 57 (C Wakely S Gale 2 tries J McColl P Morrey S Wallis H Parker J De Guingand tries J Dalgleish 6 cons) d Souths 17 (K Sefton S Williamson M Tela tries K Sefton con)

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